And Now For Some Holiday Window Shopping

As we continue to unpack, we thought we’d share this year’s virtual gift roundup (a la this one from last year). It’s a three-post-in-a-row thing (we couldn’t fit all the pics into one) so stay tuned for two more that’ll pop up today. First we hit up Crate & Barrel. Here’s what we found:

These cute wine glasses were on sale for $1.50, and two of them along with a bottle of inexpensive vino could make a nice little gift for someone that doesn’t drain the ol’ bank account:

This pretty ceramic serving tray was on sale for $5.95, and could be filled with anything from cookies to candy (I’d do an assortment of fancy olives for my Italian antipasto loving mom). Who doesn’t need another serving platter? And one with the Crate & Barrel logo on the back always feels swanky (we’re betting the giftee would never guess it was under 6 bucks).

I also couldn’t take my eyes off these gorgeous $3.95 votive glasses (a gift of three of ’em with simple white candles inside would be sweet). Full disclosure: if we weren’t packing and moving when we shot these pics, I totally would have snagged a few for myself.

These colorful bowls were $3.95 a pop, so a cute gift idea might be pairing a few of them with anything from a box of your giftee’s favorite cereal to a bag of mixed nuts or caramel corn.

I have a certain bake-happy best friend who I think these $2.95 cupcake-shaped cookie cutters would be perfect for (along with anything from a baking cookbook to a bag of flour, sugar, and baking soda).

We can’t forget gifts for our four-legged friends! And these designer dog toys would look pretty darn cute on the floor:

These feisty little pepper-riddled dishtowels (just $4.95) would be nice for anyone that you know who has red or green accents in their kitchen (John’s mom has a red kitchen at their beach house…).

This is just a DIY idea that we noticed while trolling the store. How creative are these grasscloth wallpaper bookcovers? We’ve seen it done with white or tan craft paper, but the texture from the woven grasscloth is really cool.

We can’t forget our recently acquired patterned napkins (which have a lot of the tones we’re loving for the new house color scheme worked in). They’re were still $2.95 each (marked down from $4.95) when we were there, so a gift of four of them tied with a turquoise ribbon would only run you $12.

Here’s another idea that we thought might inspire some good old fashioned DIY. A big box, bin, or jar of markers, crayons, pipe-cleaners, stickers, scissors, balloons, and other inexpensive (even dollar-store) items could make a really cool “I’m not bored anymore” present for the kid in your life.

These delicate $3.95 ceramic leaf ornaments were so pretty (for gifting to yourself while you’re shopping, or to someone else who might have a penchant for white ceramic things…).

And speaking of white ceramic gorgeousities (not a word, but bear with me), this $6.95 pinecone ornament makes me want to make up words.

And of course we have the obligatory photo of John and Clara in the Clara chair. Lookin’ good guys. Lookin’ good.

And so ends our trek through Crate & Barrel. We’ll be back in a bit to share what other budget friendly things we stalked at Pottery Barn and Urban Outfitters (we took too many pics to roll everything into one post this year). Until then, we’ll just be unpacking… again.

Psst- We weren’t paid or perk’d to mention these items or stores, we just like them and thought you might too.


  1. says

    You changed your header photo! A little strange to not see your ‘old house’ but wow, that was quick! good for you guys. Seems like you’re settling in. Best of luck with all the unpacking and glad to hear that Clara and Burger are adjusting well with the move. We worry that if/when we move, our dog (no children yet) would love a new house the first 2 days but on the 3rd day, would suddenly get really sad and miss the comforts of our existing home.

  2. Kate says

    I would recommend picking up some of those votives. I featured them on a blog awhile back and I have to say they are even prettier (didn’t know it was possible) when they catch the light (candle or sun) and the design is projected onto the wall. :)

  3. says

    Great post! I love Crate & Barrel – did you see their Alpine Pillows, I love them and trying to recreate them for me. Oh and Clara has the cutest little grin!

  4. says

    I have 0 shopping left to do, but I wonder if these sales are going on at the Crate and Barrel in NYC 2 blocks away from my job! Def. have to check this out on my lunchbreak today for myself haha. And, Clara is totally cheesing for the camera in that pic, TOO cute! Baby modeling is calling. ;)

  5. Meredith says

    Clara is SOOOOOOOOO cute in her chair. :) Love that pic! (I love the Crate & Barrel stuff, too, but they haven’t built one in Iowa yet so I try not to fixate on it).

  6. Elizabeth says

    Looks like I may have to trek to C&B this weekend! And is it possible for Clara to be any cuter than she is in that last picture? No, I don’t think it is.

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